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HC directs petitioner to withdraw plea seeking CBI probe into Sarpanch’s killing

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed a Kashmiri Pandit on Tuesday to withdraw his petition seeking a CBI probe into the killing of a Sarpanch by unidentified gunmen, as he had sought to make the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory a party to the case.

“I was told by the court to withdraw the instant petition as we had included the lieutenant governor as a respondent. The court said it cannot be done as the LG is the constitutional head,” the petitioner, Ramesh Kumar Pandita was quoted as saying by PTI.

The petitioner said he had sought a CBI probe into the killing of his close friend Ajay Pandita, a Sarpanch (village head) who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Anantnag district last week.

“The judge told me a writ petition can only be filed by a relative or a registered organisation,” he added.

Ajay Pandita, the Sarpanch of Larkipora area in Anantnag district, was shot dead by the gunmen in his native village on June 08.

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